The Seven Buts of Motivation

When the blog was starting out, one of the repeated requests I received was a post about motivation. Specifically, including motivation when "not training for some particular event but just trying to live life and feel fit / strong / healthy / awesome." Like life balance, motivation is an enormous topic, but I will do … Continue reading The Seven Buts of Motivation

Advice for New Swimmers

Back in 2013, I started a section of my personal blog I called "The Advice Column." I was still in the beginnings on my own fitness journey and I was getting a lot of questions from others who wanted to start. Those who've met me in the last five years might have a tough time … Continue reading Advice for New Swimmers

Advice for New Yogis

On my yoga mat Friday morning, I had a startling realization.  As I moved through the poses with very little correction from the instructor, I thought: I feel like I know what I'm doing.  I've learned a ton in the past few weeks. Those of you who know me know how much I struggle with stepping into new labels. … Continue reading Advice for New Yogis

Why are habits hard to break?

Generally, around this time in January, I have a pretty clear idea of which of my new year's goals I'm likely to pull off and which I'm going to have to table.  In reflecting on that list this past week and thinking about the lists I've made in past years, I noticed a pattern: I'm … Continue reading Why are habits hard to break?

Advice for New Triathletes

As I prepare for my first ever solo Olympic-length triathlon, I’ve been reflecting a bunch on my first few races.  I like to tell people I got conned into my first race–a friend talked me into joining her and then had to back out a few weeks before the race.  But something stuck.  I don’t … Continue reading Advice for New Triathletes

Advice for Training while Traveling

Vacation.  Conferences.  Holiday trips to see family.  How many promising new habits and routines have I buried in those seemingly short disruptions to my daily life?  Even just two or three days can reset old patterns, in eating, exercising, and so much else, in ways that can feel frustrating and discouraging.  But when I was … Continue reading Advice for Training while Traveling

Advice on Eating for Training or Weight-loss

I'll start this post out with a disclaimer: I'm not a nutritionist or even a really good role model when it comes to food. In fact, I probably have no business presuming to write about it. But as with running and cycling, I've done a good bit of eating (and eating while training) and I've … Continue reading Advice on Eating for Training or Weight-loss